CD8(+) T cell responses against a dominant cryptic HLA-A2 epitope after NY-ESO-1 peptide immunization of cancer patients.

NY-ESO-1 is a germ cell antigen aberrantly expressed in different tumor types that elicits strong humoral and cellular immune responses in cancer patients. Monitoring spontaneous CD8(+) T cell responses against NY-ESO-1 peptides 157-165 (S9C) and 157-167 (S11L) in a series of HLA-A2(+) cancer patients showed that these two peptides had overlapping antigenic… (More)